Dance/USA Appoints Haowen Wang as Director of Regranting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2021

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

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Haowen Wang. Credit: April and Steven Photography

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announces the appointment of Haowen Wang as the Director of Regranting, effective immediately. As an integral member of the Dance/USA team, Wang will design, administer, and help set policy for Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA). He will oversee the program’s guidelines, application process, and evaluation. Established through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, DFA is Dance/USA’s national regranting program focused on supporting individual artists addressing social change through dance within one or more communities. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Haowen to our team,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei. “With over a decade of experience in philanthropy and regranting and a shared value of Dance/USA’s core values of equity and justice, Haowen will be an asset to Dance/USA and an essential thought partner as we launch Round Two of DFA.”

“DFA is a unique program that supports individual dance artists for their creative and social practice on a national level,” commented Wang. “It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me to steward this program for the values it represents. I am honored and look forward to working with the Dance/USA team on this initiative and beyond.”

In December 2020 Dance/USA announced the renewal of DFA. With the launch of this new round, Dance/USA reaffirms its commitment to individual artists. DFA will provide fellowships to artists to support their creative and social practice. Dance/USA will announce more information about the next round of DFA in the coming months.

About Haowen Wang
Since 2016, Haowen Wang served as Program Officer, Performing Arts, at Mid Atlantic Arts, where he oversaw a portfolio of longstanding regional performing arts presenting grants. In this capacity, he curated annual rosters of U.S.-based and international artists for subsidy-supported tours. Previously, Wang managed two significant re-design processes of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s state-and-local regrant programs for individual artists and small organizations in New York City. At Asian American Arts Alliance, Wang piloted a two-year funding program serving traditional cultural groups in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In addition, Wang was General Manager at Ping Chong & Company and Executive Director at Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America. A Taiwan native and New Zealand citizen, Wang holds M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU and Certificate at Institute of Curatorial Practices in Performance at Wesleyan University.

About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.

Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at danceusa.org.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz, and theater artists, and the organizations that nurture, present, and produce them. For more information, please visit ddcf.org.